Saturday, January 31, 2009

I'm sorry, but *who* exactly resigned...?


This one's a pretty funny screw-up, but it requires some explanation. RANIELLE says: Portland's Mayor has been embroiled in some scandal about having a relationship with a kid who may or may not have been under 18 at the time. One of the local news channels that I follow on Twitter had this [above] to Tweet. ...What they meant was that the spokesman has resigned. But the Twitterverse nearly flipped out thinking that the Mayor had suddenly resigned. Good grammar in 140 characters or less might be tricky, but it's not impossible, folks.

Oh, I love it. Nothin' like a poorly-written/misleading sentence to induce panic in the Portland area...

Thanks, RANIELLE, for finding this one!

8 comments:

Peter said...

Without pronoun confusion, where would comedy writers be? Example...
(Eddie, the terrier, is staring at Frasier.) FRASIER: Dad, I can't read my paper, Eddie's staring at me.
MARTIN: Why, you do make quite a picture in the morning. Just ignore him.
FRASIER: I'm trying to.
MARTIN: I was talking to the dog.

Bridgete said...

If anyone wants to know, Sam Adams did not step down, although he was considering it. I don't live there anymore, but I did grow up there so I've been getting all the latest news from my friends and family.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha! Very good point, Peter! :) So true!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: Every time I hear the name Sam Adams, all I can think about is beer! (Which is really kinda strange, considering I don't even really like beer...)

Bridgete said...

Just imagine the difficulty I had when I moved from Portland, where Sam Adams is the mayor, to Boston, where the Sam Adams beer comes from!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha! Yeah, I can imagine that would take a little getting used to!

Brian said...

Due to the economic crises writers are being forced to create press releases that can be reused whenever possible.

Kind of the, two birds with one stone thing.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Brian: Also due to the economic crises, apparently nobody is hiring anyone to proof what these writers write to make sure it actually makes sense and is written decently. Sigh.